National Basketball Association playoffs 2018: Vegas favors Warriors to win series over Rockets

Kragthorpe: They're stuck in the West, but the Jazz like where they stand after a season of improvement

National Basketball Association playoffs 2018: Vegas favors Warriors to win series over Rockets

"So you know, I try not to look at those games but we kind of know, they know what we do and we know what they do".

Houston won two of three meetings against the Warriors during the regular season.

Everyone - the Warriors, the Rockets, the media, the fans - has been ready for this since opening night, when the Rockets came here to Oracle Arena and beat the Warriors even with Paul dealing with an injury that would keep him out for the season's first month.

They'll face the Golden State Warriors at home for Game 1 on Monday.

Curry, who returned for Game 2 after almost six weeks out with a knee injury, knocked down an open 3-pointer midway through the third and raised his hands to get the crowd going, then made another less than two minutes later. When it's May and buckets are hard to come by and everyone is running on fumes, you need a superstar to take over the game.

James Harden struggled for the second game in a row, finishing with just 18 points and 4 assists on 7-of-22 shooting.

Back on January 20, on that memorable night when the Houston Rockets' rookie owner would celebrate a win over the vaunted Golden State Warriors, he stood inside a Toyota Center suite and discussed the dream scenario that now lies before his team. Rudy Gobert turned in his best game of the series with 12 points, nine boards, and five blocks.

National Basketball Association playoffs 2018: Vegas favors Warriors to win series over Rockets
National Basketball Association playoffs 2018: Vegas favors Warriors to win series over Rockets

His Rockets' next challenge is the Golden State Warriors. It was a formula built to stop Golden State, but one that also took care of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jazz in five games each.

"I saw the play", Green said.

So far this postseason, with Durant and Green leading the way, the Warriors have admirably defended the slower San Antonio Spurs and now the imposing, push-the-pace Pelicans.

"The first two games here, we've gotten production out of the bottom of the order and that sets up nicely for the top of the order", Hinch said. The Warriors Community Foundation will donate $15,000 to the charity Durant chose, Oakland Elizabeth House, which provides residences to women and children who have been homeless or faced violence or addiction. At the close of last year's Finals, Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey was famously quoted as saying he'd have to "up his risk profile" if his team was to compete with Golden State. He said, 'You get out the way. "I don't know what it's supposed to feel like, but we've still got a lot of work to do".

Until this breakthrough, he had played in more playoff games than any player in league history without reaching this point (86).

Paul scored 41 points, making eight 3-pointers to go along with seven rebounds, 10 assists and no turnovers in the Rockets' 112-110 series-clinching win over the Jazz on Tuesday.

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